Season 3 Episode 19

The Big Trunk

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Jan 07, 1954 on NBC

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  • Good but not great installment, starts fast and slows a bit in the second half.

    A murder in a sleazy hotel is investigated.

    A typically terse episode with lots of details including pointed references to physical evidence and tough interviews with friends of the murdered woman and prime suspects in the killing. The script takes time out to have Friday chat for over two minutes with a department doctor about his daughter's upcoming wedding - a device to make the police seem more "human" and common to many episodes.

    An aging woman who once was a vaudeville acrobat has been found tied to a chair and beaten to death with a pipe - all over worthless mining stock she bragged about hiding in a steamer trunk. When three bums are arrested, its interview time. It would be interesting to see if the bugging of the interrogation room would be legal today. The scenes of Friday listening to the conversation are very long and a little too slow-paced, though the killer constantly thumbing his comb makes a creepy noise. As revealed in the close, he is headed for the gas chamber.

    There aren't a lot of homicide cases on the series, so that's of note, but I find the flow of this installment is a little arrested at points.